Catherine Gillard


Catherine Gillard lives in Perth, Western Australia.
She was born in the UK and migrated as a 5-pound-pom (half price for children) to Australia in 1973. She is a tutor in creative writing at the University of Western Australia.
In 2016 she was shortlisted for the TAG Hungerford Award for her historical fiction unpublished manuscript about the exile of the Vienna Mozart Boys Choir during WWII in Australia. She has a Masters in Creative Writing, for which she wrote a novel about the consequences of the fertility practice of anonymous donor insemination. She is currently working on an SF novel for a PhD project.

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An Arresting Woman
An Arresting Woman is a series of novellas based on the real-life figure of Australia's first police woman. The books explore the challenges of being Australia’s (and the world’s) first policewoman. In 1915 only two women, Lillian Armfield and Maud Rhodes, are successful in becoming the first ever women recruited as police officers. Their brief is to focus on woman and children. On probation for a year, they do this without uniform, gun or powers of arrest.

The Girl From Erskineville

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The Romance Reader

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The House of Tears

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The House of Tears
Series: An Arresting Woman. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,990. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
The House of Tears is the third book in the An Arresting Woman series and follows Australia’s first policewoman, Lillian Armfield, in her pioneering role as protector of the morality of Sydney’s women, which expands to include the hidden realm of sexual diversity. Lillian’s encounter with the secretive Oscarean Club is followed by a missing person’s case that ultimately leads to one of the most se
The Girl From Erskineville
Series: An Arresting Woman. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,200. Language: Australian English. Published: March 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
The Girl From Erskineville continues the story of Lillian Armfield, Australia’s first policewoman. When the corpse of a teenage girl is discovered in King’s Cross, Lillian puts her own life in danger to catch a killer and is forced to confront the complex questions of morality facing women in a society where the only choice is often no choice at all.
The Romance Reader
Series: An Arresting Woman. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,750. Language: Australian English. Published: February 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
The Romance Reader, the first book in the An Arresting Woman series, introduces Lillian Armfield, Australia’s first policewoman, appointed by the New South Wales Parliament in 1915 to focus on the welfare of Sydney’s women and children. When she is called upon to search for the missing daughter of a prominent Rose Bay family, her theory on why women are led astray is put to the test.
Spud: A Woman's Best Friend
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,420. Language: Australian English. Published: September 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Urban
While Kate’s SAS husband is preparing to keep the peace in East Timor she spends the last year of the century dealing with the battles of suburbia, including a brother who creates a one man war zone wherever he goes, a mother nursing her geriatric patients and herself towards a euphoric if untimely end and dealing with two neurotic dogs.

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